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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  30 April 1980 (USA)
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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Clarence Earl Gideon
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Abe Fortas
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Chief Justice / Offscreen Narrator
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Edna Curtis
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1st Supreme Court Justice
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Sixth Supreme Court Justice
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Jacob
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5th Supreme Court Justice
Lane Smith ...
Fred Turner
Richard McKenzie ...
Judge Robert McCrary
Dolph Sweet ...
Charlie
Ford Rainey ...
2nd Supreme Court Justice
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Abe Krash
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Harris
Les Lannom ...
Bobby Earle
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True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants. Written by Steve Walker <swalker@ionet.net>

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30 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Gideon's Trumpet (#29.3)  »

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Fay Wray's final screen appearance. See more »

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In the filmography for Dean Jagger in the extras on the DVD, the picture of one of the other actors playing Supreme Court Justices has been substituted for his. See more »

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Abe Fortas: [summarizing his argument before the Supreme Court] I think Betts vs. Brady was wrong when it was decided. I think time has made that clear. And I think that the time has come that the correct rule, the civilized rule, the rule of individualism, the rule of due process must be stated by this Court.
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18 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, many will miss knowing about this if they just check on the actor's filmography on this site. It is not explicitly listed. You will have to look for it under Hallmark Hall of Fame.

It is one of Fonda's finest performances reminiscing and rivaling his portrayal of an innocent accused in The Wrong Man. Here, at age 75 he portrays Clarence Gideon who was actually only 53 at the time of the trial in 1963. Obviously, not in health when this was filmed, Henry Fonda's age and frailty adds authenticity and pathos to the character's situation.

It is a landmark movie (for TV) that celebrates a landmark Supreme Court decision that added protection to the rights of the accused by ensuring that they are provided proper legal counsel.


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